LGD 122: The Wise Thing To Do

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Our series, inspired by Andy Stanley’s new book Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, continues today as we explore wisdom.

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There is no doubt that we all have experienced some form of regret. Sometimes you can pinpoint the exact moment when your regret became a regret.

Today, Paul cautions us,

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Ephesians 5:15-17

Are you thinking about how you live, love, and serve? Your desires are powerful, and many folks have slipped into addictions because those desires have become uncontrollable.

Andy Stanley asks us to think about things in light of our past, present, and future.

He says,

“In light of past experience, my current circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?”

Andy Stanley

Our past informs our present and our future. Think back to a particular moment when you should have stopped and asked, what is the wise thing to do?

As a manager at work, I work with my team to ask this question, especially related to projects. When we have a couple of good options – a short term and long term approach – we stop and ask ourselves what the wise thing to do is.

Sometimes the short term approach is the best option, while other times, the long term approach takes longer and costs a little more, but will bring longevity to the campus.

Each day, we are faced with decisions. If we take a breath and ask what the wise thing to do is, we provide an opportunity for our future selves to succeed.

Maybe it’s a relationship question. He or she is good, but are they the best for me?

If I invest in this property, will it help me reach my long-term financial goals?

The list is nearly endless, but Paul’s words should echo in our minds and hearts – “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.”

Wrong decisions turn into regrets that we spend a lifetime to undo; however, if we take a breath and a pause, we can avoid regret if we ask,

What is the wise thing to do?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the words of wisdom from Andy Stanley. Please help me each day to stop and ask the question, what is the wise thing to do especially in light of my future hopes and dreams. Bless the day that is before me. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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